Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -
Ted Nugent stepped on stage during the NRA's Annual Meetings and Exhibits on Sunday, May 1, at 12:30 p.m. eastern time. And just just like every time the Motor City Madman walks into a room ... the crowd went wild.
"You can't get better than Ted," said a New Jersey man. "I've first saw him in concert over 30 years ago. A guy like him, an entertainer, being a hunter too ... well that's just unbelievable."
While regaling stories of the road, encounters with anti-hunters, and time back home on the ranch, Ted continued to pound on the point of membership.
"You can't be in my band and not be a current NRA member," said Nugent to great applause. "You can't drive my bus on tour if you're not a NRA member, even if you want to book a camp with Sunrise Safaris; my guys will tell you to keep your money if you're not a NRA member."
He also spoke about Ted Nugent's Kamp for Kids. Established in 1990, the camp's primary goal is to get kids off the streets and into the woods so they can experience "the natural healing powers of the wild." Open to youths aged 11-15, it's a three day weekend filled with hunter education, archery lessons, survival skills and more ... all wrapped up with an appearance from Uncle Ted where he can "present the kids an upbeat pro-hunting, anti-drug lecture and musical performance."
But his message for the members at the NRA's 140th Annual Meeting always returned to membership.
"You are the power and you are the people," said Nugent. "You are the best of the best but you have to turn up the heat ... God bless you all for being members of the NRA."